An urgent fundraising appeal has been launched to help the three children who survived a tragic house fire in Exeter which claimed the lives of both their parents and their four-year-old sister.
Little Lilly died alongside Daniel and Kaylie Rudge when a fire broke out at their home in Clayton Road in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday, February 21).
There has been an outpouring of grief from across the city of Exeter, as friends, neighbours and relatives all pay tributes to the “lovely family”.
Now Kaylie’s heartbroken mother and stepfather, Vanessa and Damien Parr, are appealing for help from the public as the three surviving children continue to be treated at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
DevonLive is helping the family raise vital funds to help care for the youngsters, as well as to help cover the cost of funeral arrangements. You can donate to the Exeter Fire Appeal on Gofundme here, or below, and share the link on social media.
Vanessa and Damien said: “Kaylie, Daniel and little Lilly have been taken from us too early.
“We miss you deeply and miss you more every day.”
The family has pledged to donate funds left over following the funeral to The Grand Appeal the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.
The children, boys aged four and nine, and a seven-year-old girl are all said to be in a stable condition. The family said they did not wish for their names to be made public.
Family members are making regular trips to Bristol to visit them and staff there have helped provide clothing and teddies.
Speaking earlier today at her parents’ home in Exeter, Daniel’s sister Mandy said they were still waiting for answers about how the fire had started.
The 31-year-old paid emotional tributes, adding: “There’s not much we can say, words cannot describe how we feel.
“I’ve lost a brother, sister and niece. We were talking with them only the other day and now they’re gone.
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“Kaylie was the most beautiful person in the whole world and Daniel has the biggest heart in the world.
“They would do anything for anyone.”
That was set up by members of the Demons Motorcycle Club, which Daniel had been a member of for around a year.
Specialist investigators remained at the scene on Monday, but Devon and Cornwall Police said there was nothing to indicate any third-party involvement in the fire.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has today issued key safety advice following the incident.
A spokesperson said: “We would ask everyone reading this message to consider safety in your home, and take simple steps, such as regularly testing your smoke alarms.”
The fire has left the city of Exeter in shock. Floral tributes have been left near the scene, just a stone’s throw from Exeter St David’s train station.
The flag outside the Civic Centre was flown at half mast today. Tomorrow there will be a minute’s silence during an Exeter City Council meeting.